Design Justice Network

Design justice rethinks design processes, centers people who are normally marginalized by design, and uses collaborative, creative practices to address the deepest challenges our communities face.

In addition to laying out their Design Justice Principles, they have a blog and different ways to become involved. Check out their website for more details.

Thanks to @bistenes for sharing the Design Justice Network with us!


I see that a few people have checked out the Design Justice Network. What do you think? Should we join this community?

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I’m in favor of it (as you might guess). It would connect us with a network of designers who have an explicit social justice bent, and who are therefore likely to be interested in working on OpenMRS, and are likely to be well-aligned with OpenMRS’s values.

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@jennifer what does that mean “join the community”? How can we participate and what are the expectations?

Joining means signing on to their Design Principles and either paying a membership fee (sliding scale, between $50 and $500) or providing in-kind/volunteer services by joining one of their working groups.

For the membership fee, they suggest that we consider a fee similar to what we would pay to join industry associations. As members we would have:

  • Access to our DJN members Slack and Discussion list, where (among other things) we share information about jobs;
  • Listing in our Member directory (TBD);
  • Early access to new Design Justice Zines, toolkits, and other materials produced by the network;
  • Discounts on all Zines, Posters, T-Shirts, and other DJN products;
  • Invitations to key DJN workshops, events, and Network Gatherings;
  • The ability to organize a new Design Justice Working Group or Local Node;

For no fee, anyone has access to their website, Instagram, and newsletter.